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News & Information

Weekly Updates

August 15, 2022

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
Reminder, Driver Training Staff are all participating in a Kaizen, which means continuous improvement, where we are thoroughly going through certain processes from all aspects to see if we can streamline anything. We are participating in this from August 22-26, 2022. During this week, there will be very limited phone and email coverage. Please be patient, as we will return all messages as soon as we can.

There is a Juvenile Driver Improvement Program certification training scheduled for September. These are typically only offered once a year. Further information and registration can be found at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx

Class D & CDL Schools:
Our office is consistently returning rosters to be filled out completely due to missing information, like topic of instruction. If your school is using your own roster, please make sure it is meeting the full rule. 4501-7-13 (B)(1)(d) "A record of each training session administered by the school including the date, time, break time, topic of instruction, instructor of record, and complete roster of the students attending such session. In addition, for virtual classroom, a copy of the student roster footprint showing each student's log in and log out times;"

There are new Basic Instructor Course opportunities posted to the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx for the month of September. There will be no virtual opportunities for September.

CDL Schools:
For those of you who attended the Open Forum, you still need one hour of continuing education. Our office is finalizing this one hour opportunity and will communicate the information once it is finalized. 

Class D Schools:
We would like to clarify the update from last week regarding vehicle inspections. Bringing students to the vehicle inspections sites is NOT a training opportunity and cannot be counted toward the eight hours of required behind the wheel training. It is not preferred for students to be at vehicle inspections. It is to the discretion of the field staff on how to proceed with the inspection if a student is in the vehicle. 

Have a great week!!


August 8, 2022

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
The Driver Training Program Office would like to introduce and welcome a second educational consultant, Charlotte Blair! Charlotte has joined the Driver Training team this month. She will be attending trainings and may visit some schools as she is learning the different areas of driver training. 

Driver Training Staff are all participating in a Kaizen, which means continuous improvement, where we are thoroughly going through certain processes from all aspects to see if we can streamline anything. We are participating in this from August 22-26, 2022. During this week, there will be very limited phone and email coverage. Please be patient, as we will return all messages as soon as we can. 

Class D Schools:
As a reminder, students should not be coming to vehicle inspections. Field staff are turning vehicles away that have students. Please refer to the Vehicle Inspection Policy at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/schools.aspx

Have a great week!!


August 1, 2022

Happy August!

Class D Schools:
Photo copies of certificates will be turned away at the BMV exam station for suspicion of fraud. The certificates need to be scanned; not a photo sent of the certificate.

CDL Schools:

The vehicle inspection policy has been updated to discuss the designation of Range vehicles. Please visit www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/schools.aspx to review the updated policy. It is also attached for your convenience. 

Have a great week!


July 25, 2022

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
As a reminder, we invite you to take a brief survey regarding the renewal process. Driver Training is looking to improve our renewal processes, but need your input. Please take five minutes and fill out the following survey at https://forms.office.com/g/hcqq0mj6w5. This survey is open to anyone who is involved in processing and submitting the renewal.

Class D & CDL Schools:
The fall Training Manager Course has 3 available spots for CDL candidates; Class D is full.  

Have a great week!


July 18, 2022

Happy Monday!

We have a lot going on; please make sure you are staying up-to-date! 

All Schools:
We invite you to take a brief survey regarding the renewal process. Driver Training is looking to improve our renewal  processes, but need your input. Please take five minutes and fill out the following survey at https://forms.office.com/g/hcqq0mj6w5. This survey is open to anyone who is involved in processing and submitting the renewal.

Eventbrite - for those scheduling for a course via Eventbrite, please make sure you are reading the confirmation email! We are receiving complaints that information is not provided, but it is all in the order confirmation that Eventbrite sends.

PLEASE KEEP DETS UPDATED!!! We are spending a lot of time tracking schools down to get their DETS up-to-date. This should not be an issue; it is the school's responsibility to keep their site updated. Insurance, bond, instructors, everything should be kept current. 

Class D Schools: 
Reminder -

  • The rule 4501-7-17 specifically disallows any instructor to use the driver exam routes while the exam station is open for business. This includes following a person taking a driving test with an examiner. Our office is fielding a lot of calls on this specifically. The Ohio Driver Training Curriculum is not about teaching to the test. We teach a student the skills they need to use for the rest of their driving lifetimes. 
  • Additionally, the definition for behind-the-wheel training means the student is actually operating the vehicle. They receive credit for the time they are actually driving. Sitting at an exam station to watch testing is unacceptable and does not count towards the student's required 8 hours. 
  • Professionalism: how you treat other customers, other representatives of other agencies, parents, etc. is a reflection on the driver training school. It is not professional to argue with or try to influence the score of the examiners when your student does not pass.

BMV Announcements
On June 23, 2022, Governor DeWine Communications sent out information regarding the launch of BMV projects. More information from the BMV was posted to the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/news.aspx under Program Announcements. Please contact the BMV for further details at BMV.ohio.gov

Driver Examinations
The process for driver examinations has also been updated to provide convenience to customers by minimizing the number of trips to the BMV.

  • Online Knowledge Test:  New drivers will now be able to take the driving knowledge test online, saving customers multiple trips to the BMV.  In order to receive a temporary permit, all new drivers are required to complete a knowledge test, demonstrating their understanding of Ohio traffic laws. On July 11, this will be available online.
  • 3rd Party Driver Examination: The BMV is currently working to partner with outside businesses to expand driver examination testing locations throughout Ohio, eliminating long drive times for those who need to take a driver examination test.  Currently, if a new driver with a temporary permit is ready to get their driver’s license, they are required to test at one of the many BMV Driver Examination stations located throughout Ohio.  On July 1, the BMV is launching a pilot program with the Preble County Clerk of Court to contract as a third-party location for driver’s license skills test. The pilot program is expected to expand to seven other locations around the state over the summer, with additional expansions planned for the future.

There have been two additional in-person Basic Instructor Courses for the month of August. Due to scheduling conflicts, these will be the only opportunities for August. There will be no virtual opportunities next month. Please take advantage of these opportunities if you have an instructor candidate in training.

Reminder, vehicle inspections need to be completed prior to October 1st (if you do not have a program review at the end of the year). Student Driver signs do not belong on the windshield or rear window of the vehicles. They need to be on the front and back of the vehicle. Vehicle Insurance cards should be available during vehicle inspections (physical or electronic). 

CDL Schools:
There is an August Basic Instructor Course posted to the website. 

Class D & CDL Schools:
As a reminder, there is a Training Manager Refresher Course posted to the driver training website for a continuing education opportunity. This is a condensed version of the relaunched Training Manager Course and the only continuing education opportunity our office will provide for Training Managers this year. 

Online Schools:
Another reminder, if students were enrolled in your course prior to May 1st, certificates still have to be mailed/be the original copy. 

Abbreviated Adult Schools:
Our office understands that some schools are struggling with the requirement of the Abbreviated Adult assessments. As clarification, schools need to plan and prepare in advance. If Abbreviated Adult lessons are being held at the school, an instructor can be assessed at that time. If there are not enough lessons for every Abbreviated Adult instructor, those instructors who were not in contact with any Abbreviated Adult students will not be reprimanded for having no assessment for the year.  

Disability Schools:
Rehab facilities/medically based hospitals who have the (rare) opportunity to train a student under the age of 18, you need to plan and prepare in advance to have an assessment while training that student. If there is no contact with a student under the age of 18, you will not be required to have an assessment. 

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to our office. Have a great week!!


July 11, 2022

Happy Monday!

Class D Schools who Offer Virtual Training:
Our office is beginning to notice issues with virtual training. As a reminder, schools need to make sure:

  • The full 24 hours of training is actually provided;
  • Break times, start times, and end times need to be accurately documented; and
  • Students logging in late or logging off early are not credited with the full time and have to make up what they missed.

Class D & Online Schools:
Online certificates of completion must still be issued by Online companies! Class D schools must have the online certificate of completion before starting any drive times! Our office is starting to receive calls that Class D schools are not mandating the online certificate of completion prior to driving a student, as well as online companies not issuing a certificate. By law, all students are required to complete all 24 hours of classroom/online prior to driving. Without an online certificate of completion, there is no proof that the classroom portion was completed. 

Eventbrite:
As previously notified, our office has switched the registration process to Eventbrite. On some courses, such as the Basic Instructor Courses, you will be directed to Eventbrite to register for a course. Please continue to be patient with this system as it is not a Driver Training specific site; it is for the general public.

A few things we have noticed about Eventbrite so far:

  • "Tickets" are "sold" when registering for a course. As you are aware, Driver Training does not charge for majority of our courses. You do not need an actual ticket to attend the course; this is just how Eventbrite is set up. 
  • Please register with the attendee's email address! Driver Training will follow up with information directed toward the attendee. When schools register with the school email address, the attendee does not always receive the information. We have already received several calls from attendees who have not received information we have communicated via email.  
  • Our courses are only one day. Eventbrite currently does not allow an "end time" on the same day. 

Have a great week!


July 5, 2022

Happy Tuesday! We hope you all had a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

All Schools:
Reminder that you should be keeping information current in your DETS account. Information includes information on both schools and instructors (names, addresses, emails, vehicles, instructors, and more). Any name or address changes do require an application. Please do not email or call the office and request for this information to be manually updated. You are required to submit an application. Our office is beginning to receive several similar requests, as well as returned mail. Keeping your information updated in DETS will alleviate these issues.

If your school receives a violation during a program review, your school is given a deadline and remedy to correct the violations. This deadline is a requirement. Driver Training many times has to follow up and remind or continue to ask for the violations to be remedied. It is the school’s responsibility to correct the violations in order to be in compliance. Continued lack of response from a school may result in an escalated administrative action.

Due to the low participation and lack of topics to cover, Round Table meetings will be moved to a biannual basis. We will post our end of year meeting registrations later this year.

Have a great week! 


June 27, 2022

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
The Ohio Traffic Safety Office sends out a newsletter called TrafficWise twice a month. The newsletter includes recent information regarding traffic safety, upcoming safety messages, traffic related statistics, etc. If you would like to receive this newsletter, please email jlconverse@dps.ohio.gov to request to be on the distribution list. 

As a reminder, professionalism should be extended to any and all customers. This includes state agencies and any representatives of the Driver Training Program Office. While we understand some situations become frustrating, please remain courteous to anyone you are working with. It helps everyone involved get matters resolved. 

Class D, Disability, & Abbreviated Adult Schools:
As you are probably aware, exam stations do not have direct phone numbers to communicate. If you need to speak with an exam station supervisor, schedule an instructor for a DTI (driver training instructor test at the BMV), or have a complaint, please email DX_Admin@dps.ohio.gov. You should receive a response within one business day. 

CDL Schools:
The BMV provided our office with the most recent list of third party testing locations. You will also find a date next to the location, which is the soonest available testing date. 

Have a great week! 


June 21, 2022

Happy First Day of Summer!

We hope you're staying cool and were not affected by the recent power outages.

CDL Schools: 
AAMVA launched the CDL Testing System Modernization Initiative in 2016 to explore updating the testing system for entry-level commercial drivers. You can find the latest update on this initiative in AAMVA’s MOVE magazine.

Online Schools:
While May 1st brought the updated rule of being able to electronically transmit certificates, you cannot require brick and mortar schools (or students to tell brick and mortar schools) to print out online certificates of completion. While this is an option if the brick and mortar school works with you, it is not a requirement.

Class D Schools:
Is your school willing to assist other driving schools with training new instructors? Please let the Driver Training Program Office know! We are looking to update our list of schools who are willing to help out one another and get much-needed instructors through training.

Also, as a reminder, if your school is training adults as extra lessons, please let us know as well. This will assist us in referring potential students to schools.

This is another reminder to make sure your Training Agreements are up to date to encompass the new rules that went into effect on May 1st! If you are using the Department’s Training Agreement, the newest version is dated June 2022. The most updated version is available on the driver training website.

All Schools:
Another reminder to send in your virtual classroom approvals to our office. This will negate from you having to reapply when the new DETS system is launched.

Have a safe week!


June 13, 2022

Happy Monday!

We are supposed to get some really warm weather this week! Make sure you are taking care of yourselves and drinking lots of water! Also, make sure your vehicles are not overheating. 

All Schools:
The Driver Training Program Office will be closed next Monday, June 20th in observance of Juneteenth. The Weekly Update will be posted on Tuesday of next week. 

Please make sure you are filling out any registrations forms entirely! This includes city and zip codes for addresses, as well as complete email addresses. Also make sure forms are legible! 

CDL Schools: 
As a reminder, the new rules are now in effect as of 5/1! You can access the new rules at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/laws.aspx. Specifically, the training required for (1) the operation of a commercial motor vehicle and (2) the ratios on the range are contained in rule 4501-7-28 (K). Please make sure you are using the updated forms that are located on the driver training website.

Our office has been receiving complaints regarding testing. As you are aware, this jurisdiction falls under the BMV. Please make sure you are informing the BMV when issues are occurring with the exam stations. They do not know unless they are informed directly by a school. You can request your complaint to remain anonymous so the exam site does not receive your information. You can email complaints to the BMV at OHBMVExam@dps.ohio.gov.

Class D Schools:
The June 18th Vehicle Inspection Site in Jackson, OH has been canceled. No one has registered for this site.

If you have an instructor who is training with another school because your school is not offering classroom, the classroom assessment must be performed by the Training Manager of the school where the training is taking place. 

Have a safe week!


June 6, 2022

Happy Monday!

Class D, Online, & Disability Schools:
As a reminder, certificates can be electronically transmitted (emailed, faxed, etc.) if a student enrolled and completed the course after May 1st. The recent rule changes does allow for emailed certificates under these circumstances. Our office has been receiving calls regarding this. Make sure to tell your students and parents, they have to print them off and provide a hard copy to the exam station.

Abbreviated Adult & Abbreviated Adult Online Schools:
OAC 4501-8 has not yet been updated. Therefore, you are not permitted to electronically transmit any Abbreviated Adult certificates. All certificates must continue to be issued as originals until the rules are effective.

Class D & Abbreviated Adult Schools:
Are you currently offering behind the wheel training to adults? If so, please email our office indicating your enterprise. We are having trouble referring adults to driving schools who are looking for lessons because many schools are not currently offering training to adults. Our office is looking to compile a list.


May 31, 2022

Happy Tuesday!

We hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day!

All Schools:
You will start to notice some of Driver Training's registration processes change. Our office is beginning to utilize Eventbrite for registration and information. Any courses that currently have paper registration forms will remain the same. Please be patient with our office as we learn the benefits of using Eventbrite.  

Class D & Disability Schools:
Another reminder to make sure you are scheduling your vehicle inspections! Regional site inspections have been posted since the beginning of the year. You should be contacting your field staff to schedule your vehicle inspections at a regional site inspection (if you are not due for a program review this year) or if you have 10 or more cars so field staff can come to you. Field staff will not reach out to you!

Also, please make sure you are using the updated Motor Vehicle Inspection List! The form has updated since the rules went into effect.

Your lesson plans should now be updated! As of today, all schools need to be utilizing the new curriculum and final exams.  

Online Schools:
Your updated online programs are due today! Please make sure you have sent our office access to your course as well as where your updates are located. Our office will send approval when you are approved to go live with your updates.

Class D, Online, & Disability Schools:
There are two new Basic Instructor Course opportunities for the month of July. One course is in-person, and one is virtual. Please note, if the virtual option is selected, there will be stringent rules to be able to participate in this option (participation, no distractions, camera, attendance, etc.) There will also be limited enrollment for virtual, so please make sure anyone attending virtually really needs this option. Instructor candidates residing outside of the state will have enrollment precedence for the virtual class. Information for both options can be found on our website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx.

CDL Schools:
Please make sure you apply to add the Passenger and School Bus programs to the school locations that you plan to teach these programs! We have received minimal applications to add these programs. As a reminder, it is in rule that you have to be licensed to teach these.

There is a July Basic Instructor Course opportunity posted to the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx.

Have a great week!


May 23, 2022

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
Please make sure when you are filling out any registration forms for trainings, you are filling out information completely. Your school affiliation, city and zip codes, everything that the form requires. 

Our office is starting to receive complaints again about schools approaching instructors to recruit them to work at different schools. As a reminder, this is prohibited, as it is interrupting the student's training. Please refer to the attached policy that was released in 2020 regarding this.

Next Monday, May 30, 2022 is Memorial Day. The Driver Training Program Office will be closed. The Weekly Update will be posted on Tuesday of next week.  

Class D & Disability Schools:
This is another reminder that the Basic Instructor Course is currently held in-person. The online version of the course is not available while the updates are being made. You can refer to the driver training website under CE/Training for in-person opportunities. 
Please make sure your lesson plans are updated with the new curriculum information by May 31st. 

Online Schools:
Please make sure you submit your changes to your Class D Online courses with the curriculum updates to the Driver Training Program Office by May 31, 2022. 

Have a great week!


May 16, 2022

Happy Monday!

The driver training staff are participating in the Training Manager Course this week. Most staff will have limited availability throughout the week. Please be patient as we will return messages and emails as soon as possible. 

CDL Schools:
With the new rules, your ranges are subject to inspection. Ranges will be checked during program reviews every year as well. As a reminder, you are required to have a layout of your range and how each skill is set up on file at the school. You can refer to OAC 4501-7-02 (C) regarding the layout. 

Class D Schools:
Vehicle inspections are in full swing! Remember, the new policy requires all vehicles to be inspected prior to October 1st. If you do not have a program review this year, and you have less than 10 vehicles at your enterprise, you are required to attend a Vehicle Inspection Site. Please make sure you are looking at the scheduled Inspection Sites and contact the field staff in your area to schedule a timeslot. Do not miss the opportunity to attend a site near you!
A few reminders for vehicle inspections:

  • There is an updated Motor Vehicle Inspection List (DTO 0142) form. Make sure you are bringing the updated version with you for your vehicle inspections. 
  • If you are getting out of the vehicle during your inspection, do not stand in front or behind the vehicle! 
  • Make sure you are checking your instructor brakes! Not just during/before the inspection, but on a frequent basis!

Master Trainer:
Driver Training is looking for more volunteers to work with our office to assist with training during training manager courses and continuing educations. We have a Master Trainer Policy with more information on the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx

Juvenile Remedial:
A JDIP Certification Course has been posted to the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx. The course is September 7 & 8, 2022. (different dates from last week's message!)

Have a great week!


May 9, 2022

We are welcoming the warmer weather to start the week!

CDL Schools:
Indeed is offering 500 scholarships for veterans to earn their CDL. The program is called Drive for 500. You can find information and the application process at www.transforce.com 

Class D & Disability Schools:
As a reminder, your lesson plans are required to be updated with the curriculum changes by May 31st. This also mean that the new curriculum needs to be implemented and taught at this time. 

Juvenile Remedial:
A JDIP certification course will be posted to the driver training website by the end of the week. The certification course will be September 13 and 14, 2022 in Columbus. Look for this information under CE/Training by Friday. 

Have a wonderful week!


May 2, 2022

Happy May! There is a lot going on in Driver Training! Please make sure you are keeping updated and asking questions if you need clarification!

All Schools:
Driver Training is updating those who provide virtual classroom for any program. Since DETS does not currently capture this data, please send your original approval email to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov showing that you are currently approved for virtual classroom. This will negate an application process later when the DETS re-write is complete. Driver Training will automatically add Virtual Classroom to your school license. 

CDL Schools:
The new rules are now in effect! You can access the new rules at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/laws.aspx. Please make sure you are using the updated forms that are located on the driver training website.

Thank you for those who participated in the Open Forum! We have published a separate Bulletin Board message addressing some of the follow up items that were discussed during the forum.

Please also refer to the separate message regarding "Plan B" when it comes to applying for Restricted Instructors, Passenger and School Bus, as well as certificate orders. 

Class D, Online, and Disability Schools:
The new rules are now in effect! You can access the new rules at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/laws.aspx. Please make sure you are using all updated forms on the driver training website (Physical form, Motor Vehicle Inspection List, etc.)

Thank you for those who participated in the Open Forum! We have published a separate Bulletin Board message addressing some of the follow up items that were discussed during the forum.

You should all have (or will be) received a new curriculum disc. Each enterprise will be receiving one copy for now, but are able to print multiple copies from the disc. The curriculum will be modified again in the coming months to incorporate Senate Bill 68 regarding Interactions with Peace Officers. If you have suggestions for updates for the current curriculum, please email drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

The updated final examinations have been posted to DETS under your Documents tab. The answer key of the final exams on the curriculum disc has some incorrect answers. We have modified the answer key in the DETS version so they have the correct answers.

Since there is an updated curriculum, all schools need to update their lesson plans and/or online programs. These changes must be updated by May 31, 2022. Online companies are required to submit their changes to the Driver Training Program Office. Brick and mortar schools are required to implement and have the lesson plans on file at the school by May 31st.

Since there are new rules, the Basic Instructor Course needs to be updated through the Public Safety Training Campus. The course will not be available to anyone who tries to register after May 1st. Anyone already enrolled prior to May 1st will be able to complete the old course. While the new course is being developed, the Basic Instructor Course will be offered in-person. Registration details are on the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx

Class D Schools:
There is a new training process for new instructors for those beginning training after May 1st! Please make sure you are using the updated training form on the driver training website. The training is the same amount of hours, but broken up differently to allow the schools to focus on the training topic their instructors will train the most. The new form is on the website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/instructors.aspx. Please contact Driver Training with any questions regarding the new process.

There have been some recent questions on the procedure for out of state students and accepting reciprocity from other states. The process for this is located in the Ohio Driver Training Curriculum in the Teacher Resource Guide. If you have any questions regarding the process, contact driver training.

Our office is beginning to receive complaints from truck drivers who are having driver education vehicles cutting in front of large trucks too close. Please reiterate sharing the road both in the classroom and during behind the wheel lessons. While we understand that students are learning and make mistakes, truck drivers should not have to slam on their brakes when driver education vehicles are changing lanes in front of them. Please make sure instructors are actively paying attention while instructing behind the wheel.   

Remedial Schools:
Your rules are also now in effect! You can access the new rules at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/laws.aspx. These rules incorporate Online Adult Remedial. These applications are now accepted through the Driver Training Program Office.

Trainings:
As a reminder, several continuing education opportunities have been posted to the driver training website. Please make sure you are keeping up to date with your continuing education and do not wait until the last minute!  

Have a great week!


April 25, 2022

Happy Monday! We hope you enjoyed the beautiful spring weather over the weekend!

Online Schools
As a reminder, you are still required to issue the Certificate of Enrollment until May 1, 2022. However, due to the upcoming rule change, brick and mortar schools may be requiring the Certificate of Completion prior to beginning any drives in preparation of the new rule and law. If you have any questions on this procedure, please contact the Driver Training Program Office.

Remedial Schools
Driver Training is starting a New School Orientation for all prospective Remedial Schools, as well as anyone who would like to be added as an Authorizing Official. This orientation will explain the rules and requirements and provide ample opportunity for questions to be clarified. Information and registration can be found on the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx.

Upcoming Trainings & Continuing Educations
The Spring Training Manager Course is full! Please check the driver training website for future Training Manager Course opportunities.

Driver Training is excited to announce a Training Manager Refresher Course! Many existing Training Managers who have been licensed for a number of years have requested to have an update or refresher to what is new and have changed. This is a 1.5 day course held in Columbus where Class D and CDL Training Managers will receive an update on rules, management tips, assessments, and much more! Please visit the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx for registration and information. 
There have also been several Class D and CDL continuing education opportunities posted to the website. Please visit the same link for dates and location information. 

Open Forums
As a reminder, Driver Training Staff will be in the Open Forum sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Please be patient with communication as we will be unavailable during the beginning of the week. 


April 18, 2022

Happy Monday!
Driver Training would like to welcome their newest member, Cara Walker! Cara is joining Driver Training as an Administrative Professional. Please be patient with her as she learns the different driver training programs.

CDL Schools
There is ONE available spot for the upcoming Spring Training Manager Course. Registration deadline is this Friday, April 22nd. Please visit the driver training website for information and registration.

If you are struggling with ELDT or the TPR, you can visit the FMCSA Training Provider Registry for information. There is also a YouTube video – New Training Requirements for Entry-Level CDL Drivers.

If you are attending the Open Forum next week, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Rules
OAC chapter 4501-7 (CDL, Class D, Online, Disability) and OAC chapter 4501-7 (Adult Remedial, JDIP, and Advanced JDIP) have been final filed. The final versions of the rules were published to the Bulletin Board and the News & Information section of the driver training website on April 15, 2022. The final version of the rules will be published to the Laws & Rules portion of the website on May 1st, which is the date of implementation for both chapters.

Resources
ODOT has provided Driver Training with several resources that will be in the updated Class D Ohio Driver Training Curriculum. Our office also wanted to make these resources available to you now.

Fact Sheets:

Videos:


April 11, 2022

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
When sending the Department any documents, please make sure they are attachments and not links (Google docs, Drop Box, etc.) We are unable to open links that obtain downloadable documents. 

Open Forums
TODAY is the last day to register for the Class D, Online, Disability and CDL Open Forums! Please visit our website and register if you have not already done so. Registrations will not be accepted after today, as we have to register attendees with ODOT in advance. 

Have a great week!


April 4, 2022

Happy April!

Class D, Disability, and Online Schools:
Another reminder for the upcoming Open Forum! The deadline is quickly approaching (next Monday) for the Open Forum on April 26th. Anyone is invited to this - instructors, Training Managers, Authorizing Officials, Business Owners, secretaries - anyone associated with the driving school needs to be keeping up on the rules. Please make sure you visit the Driver Training website and register.

CDL Schools:
Great job registering for the Open Forum on April 25th! There is a week left to register if you have not already done so. Again, anyone is invited to this - instructors, Training Managers, Authorizing Officials, Business Owners, secretaries, anyone!

April 22, 2022 is the deadline to register for the Spring Training Manager course. There are 5 CDL spots available.

Class D Schools:
In order to prepare for your Program Reviews, there is a checklist on the driver training website, or you can pull your old review from your DETS access. We are getting several schools who are asking how to prepare for the review. This information is readily available. 

All Schools:
The next quarterly Round Tables have been posted to the Driver Training website! Please visit click here to register . Registrations must be received prior to the registration deadline. 
Class D, Online, Disability - May 23, 2022
Abbreviated Adult - May 24, 2022
CDL - June 8, 2022
Remedial - July 12, 2022

Have a great week!!


March 28, 2022

Happy Monday!

Class D Schools:
The public comment period for the drafted ODE curriculum regarding what to do when you get pulled over has been extended. You can review the curriculum and make public comment now through April 4, 2022. You can find the drafted curriculum and further information at https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/Peace-Officer-Curriculum

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) hearing on Chapter 4501-7 has been cancelled for March 29, 2022. Further information on the rules will be relayed as we final file with JCARR. 

CDL Schools:
Driver Training is still looking for additional volunteers to assist in creating a rubric for determining proficiency. The working group will meet virtually, so no travel will be required. If you are interested, please email Driver Training at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov

Remedial Schools:
The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) hearing on Chapter 4501-21 has been cancelled for March 29, 2022. Further information on the rules will be relayed as we final file with JCARR.


March 21, 2022

Good Monday!

All Schools
Changes with electronic payments in DETS - Grant Street is making changes to prevent customers from entering in the invalid bank routing or account numbers. If the numbers are incorrect, an error will appear and require the customer to correct the information or enter another form of payment. This will reduce the collection notices for those who accidentally enter in the incorrect information. This will go into effect sometime between March 18th and March 21st.

Resources - ODOT has some videos available on their website discussing the newest types of intersections and streets. These are free and available through their YouTube channel. Make sure you download the videos if you want to use them in your classes.

CDL
Open Forum - Sign up to attend the Open Forum on April 25, 2022. This forum will discuss the changes in the rules (OAC 4501-7) and a representative from FMCSA will be available in the morning to discuss ELDT changes on the federal level. The registration form is available on drivertraining.ohio.gov under the link "CE/Training". CE credit will be provided for those who attend the full session. Exact credit hours are to be determined.

Two new Basic Instructor Courses have been added to the driver training website. You can visit the CE/Training link to register. 

There are five available spaces for CDL candidates in the Spring Training Manager Course. You can visit the driver training website under CE/Training to register. 

Class D, Online, Disability
Open Forum - Sign up to attend the Open Forum on April 26, 2022. This forum will discuss the changes in the rules (OAC 4501-7). The registration form is available on drivertraining.ohio.gov under the link "CE/Training". CE credit will be provided for those who attend the full session. Exact credit hours are to be determined.

As a reminder, Motor Vehicle Inspection sites are posted to the driver training website. Schools who do not have a program review this year are required to sign up for an inspection site. 

Senate Bill 68 was passed last year, requiring the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to write a curriculum on what to do when you get pulled over. This curriculum will be given to high schoolers throughout their 4 years of high school.

Part of this Senate Bill requires the Ohio Department of Public Safety (Driver Training) to align the Ohio Driver Training Curriculum with the curriculum developed by ODE. Driver Training has been working with ODE and will make the necessary updates once their curriculum is finalized. 
The drafted ODE curriculum is complete and is open for public comment. You can review the curriculum and make public comment by March 28, 2022. You can find the drafted curriculum and further information at https://education.ohio.gov/Media/Ed-Connection/March-14-2022/Seeking-comment-on-model-curriculum-for-instructio.


March 14, 2022

Hello!

CDL Schools:
Driver Training would like to put together a universal rubric to assist with the driving assessment. This would assist new instructors and schools in assessing proficiency. In order to accomplish this, we would need subject matter experts from the CDL schools to assist. If you would be willing to work with the Department on creating this document, please email Driver Training at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov

Remedial Schools:
As a reminder, it is the responsibility of the remedial schools to keep remedial instructors in compliance. Part of this is pulling the background checks. Our office is starting to see several violations where the background checks are not being pulled for the instructors. 

Open Forums:
As a reminder, we have two Open Forums posted to our website to review OAC 4501-7. You have to register before April 11, 2022 in order to attend. Registration information can be found on the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx

Have a great week! 


March 7, 2022

Good Monday!

CDL
ELDT Update - The FMCSA regulations allow for online education for students. However, Ohio does not currently provide for online in place of the traditional classroom or virtual classroom. We are reviewing our regulations and working on a stop gap measure for those students who would like to complete online and then obtain the range and road training from the driving schools. Once we have a measure in place, we will advise. In the meantime, we cannot accept online training.

An in-person Open Forum has been scheduled on April 25, 2022 to go over the changes of OAC 4501-7 in detail. Please visit the driver training website under CE/Training for registration information. 

ALL SCHOOLS
Applications - we continue to receive paper applications for instructors and enterprises. The paper applications are only used for instances where the DETS application process does not allow the application. All schools and instructors should be creating and submitting applications through DETS. We will advise if and when a paper application is appropriate. 
Our office is continuing to work on developing a better DETS to address the issues and constraints we have with applications and document uploads. Please be patient and work with us as this project is in the works.

Vehicle Insurance - if you are required to maintain vehicle insurance for your program, please be aware that medical payments shall be listed under the vehicle coverage section. Medical payments listed under the general aggregate coverage does not include the vehicles.  

CLASS D, ONLINE, DISABILITY
Do you have any resources on best practices for teaching maneuverability? Driver Training is looking for resources to utilize different methods to train on maneuverability. If you have something you are willing to share, please send it to our office drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov

An in-person Open Forum has been scheduled on April 26, 2022 to go over the changes of OAC 4501-7 in detail. Please visit the driver training website under CE/Training for registration information.


February 28, 2022

Happy last day of February!

CDL Schools:
Please be advised that students being entered on the TPR website will need two separate entries. One for the theory; one for the behind-the-wheel. Information has been posted to our website under News & Information for the registration process. 

All Schools:
As a reminder, electronic records are permitted by rule. They must be stored securely in the office or in an offsite data center. The transmission of records must be encrypted. The Department has to have access during program reviews and the records need to be distinguishable. 

Class D, Online, Disability, & CDL Schools:
Driver Training will be hosting Open Forums to fully go through the rules and changes. Please continue to watch our website and Weekly Updates for further information. 

Resources:
Driver Training will be happy to post any identified resources that can be shared to our Weekly Updates. The following supplemental resources were brought to our attention during last week's Round Table meetings:

  • Video resource from Montgomery, Ohio about Roundabouts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZItjsbgkls
  • For those working with ESL (English as a Second Language) or non-English speaking students, some schools have found success in communication behind the wheel by using hand signals, such as ASL (American Sign Language). You may benefit learning and using these signals with your students.

Have a great week!


February 22, 2022

Happy Tuesday!

Training:
The continuing education policy and list of suggested topics have been updated. You can find this information on our website under CE/Training. 

Class D Schools & Class D Online:
The first scheduled Round Table is tomorrow. If you registered within the deadline, you should have received a link to attend tomorrow’s meeting. If you missed the registration deadline, we will post the notes to the driver training website under News & Information.  

Abbreviated Adult & Abbreviated Adult Online:
Your Round Table is scheduled for Friday. You should have also received a link to attend that meeting. If you missed the registration deadline, we will post the notes to the driver training website under News & Information.

Have a great week!

February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine's Day!

Class D & CDL Schools:
Hopefully you have seen in our previous message that OAC 4501-7 has been filed! There is a copy of the proposed rules, as well as information regarding the public hearing on our website under News & Information. 

Remedial Schools:
Your rules have also been filed for the five year rule review. A copy of the proposed rules for OAC 4501-21 and public hearing information is also on our website. 

Class D Schools:
The Motor Vehicle Regional Inspection Sites have been posted to the website under Enterprises/Schools. You need to contact the field staff in your region to schedule. Refer to the Inspection Policy, as those who do not have a Program Review this year must have their vehicles inspected before October 1st. 

All Schools:
As a reminder, schools who have a potential instructor who has a conviction on a background check, there is a Criminal Conviction Determination Request process where a school can submit an application and supporting documentation to receive a determination prior to submitting an application. Information and the application can be found on our website under Instructors.

The Driver Training Program Office will be closed next Monday, February 21, 2022 in observance of Presidents' Day. 

Have a great week!


February 7, 2022

Happy Monday!

We hope everyone was able to stay safe with the winter storms that came through last week. 

Remedial Schools:
As a reminder, it is the responsibility of the Authorizing Official to obtain annual abstracts to check your instructors' eligibility. Not only should you be meeting the requirements of the rule, you should also be checking with your curriculum provider to make sure you are meeting their requirements, as they may have further requirements to stay certified. 

CDL Schools:
It is officially February 7, 2022, which means ELDT is here! Since ELDT and the new rules will soon be in effect, this is a reminder to look over your lesson plans to make sure they include Traffic Laws, PUCO, and Human Trafficking. If you are using the JJ Keller curriculum, all other required topics are included. 

Class D Schools:
Ohio BMV Third Party Testing Update: Thank you again to all the organizations that have expressed interest in participating in the pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test. The Ohio BMV is no longer accepting requests to participate at this time. Please note third party entities will be eligible to provide class-D testing after the pilot program is complete. The anticipated timeline for the pilot program is 6 to 12 months. For the individuals who communicated interest by the deadline (September 6, 2021), an invitation for an informational session was recently sent via email. Please contact Damon Morris at dlmorris@dps.ohio.gov for BMV Pilot Program questions.

Trainings: There are currently three Training Manager Course opportunities that have been posted to the driver training website. Please be advised, the spring course is being limited to two registrations per enterprise. In order to be registered, both registration and payment must be received. Please contact the Driver Training Program Office with any questions. 

CDL ELDT Updates

June 30, 2022

Training Provider Q&A Webinar Recordings

FMCSA recently hosted a series of webinars to answer common questions we have been hearing from training providers about the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations and using the Training Provider Registry.

You can download a PDF of the presentation slides and view recordings of the webinars using the links below. Zoom will ask for a passcode to watch the recordings, the passcodes are included below.

Download the presentation (PDF)
Watch the June 16 webinar passcode: ty.0?4&J
Watch the June 21 webinar passcode: Wh^&9$qP

Download Training Provider Resources

As mentioned during the webinar, FMCSA has developed several materials to help training providers meet the ELDT requirements and use the Training Provider Registry. For your convenience, we’ve included links to some of these materials below.

ELDT Requirements for Training Providers

Registration

Using the Training Provider Registry

You can also access these resources and more on the Training Providers page on the Training Provider Registry website.


May 5, 2022

FMCSA Response for a Question asked at Conference in Scottsdale, AZ April 2022

Rich Clemente responded to the following question:

"How long is the completion status of ELDT good for if the student successfully completes the ELDT Theory and BTW? Is the completion of the ELDT program good forever if the student does not obtain their CDL?"

RESPONSE:

Went back and double checked the rule just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything, and the regulations say only that the theory and behind the wheel (BTW) training must be completed within one year of each other. Once this training is completed and entered in the Training Provider Registry (TPR), it would not need to be done again even if the individual didn’t get their CDL right away or over a longer time frame. Once only.

Hope this helps, and if you have any further questions, please let me know.

Rich Clemente
FMCSA


April 15, 2022

FMCSA has released a short YouTube video regarding ELDT


March 18, 2022

This update is from the Ohio BMV.

On February 27th, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (OHBMV) finalized the creation of the Commercial Trucking & Driver Testing Office. This new Office has been formed from several existing areas of the OHBMV – International Registration Plan (IRP), Driver Examination Services, and Motorcycle Ohio. This new Office will focus on providing improved service to the commercial trucking industry, which includes serving a growing demand for commercial drivers, as well as managing anticipated expansion of driver testing options for all Ohioans beginning later this year.

One of the first accomplishments of the Commercial Trucking & Driver Testing Office was the selection of Mr. Kip King, for the CDL Examination Program Administrator/CDL Coordinator position (formally held by Nancy McMullen).

Kip will be OHBMV’s primary point of communication for CDL Examination inquiries for our CDL Training School, and CDL 3 Party Examination, Partners. Questions from our Partners may be sent directly via email to ohbmvexam@dps.ohio.gov, or by leaving a message for him at 614.644.1374. It is the expectation that you will receive a response within 3 business days.

Inquiries from students and applicants should still be directed to their exam location of choice, and not to the email, and phone number, provided above. This will help prioritize your inquiries made via these methods.

If you would like to be added to OHBMV’s Examination email communication list, send an email to ohbmvexam@dps.ohio.gov with “Add to Email List” in the subject line. This email list is one of our Office’s newly developed communication tool to help share information with our Partners.


February 25, 2022

Students being entered on the TPR website will need two separate entries. One for the theory; one for the behind-the-wheel. Please see the attached certification information.


February 3, 2022

Reminder: The FMCSA ELDT regulations go into effect February 7, 2022. Thank you all for being proactive and registering early. Our rules will be filed soon and we will advise when that is completed. Another announcement will be sent out along with the proposed rules and information being posted to our News & Information website.

Updated Guidance from FMCSA

FMCSA has added new Q&As to the public frequently asked questions on the Training Provider Registry. You can view these at the links below.

No. The ELDT regulations do not require ELDT to occur in a CMV equipped with a manual transmission. The regulations state that drivers need to train on manual transmissions only “if appropriate,” i.e., when the driver-trainee expects to operate a manual transmission CMV after obtaining a commercial driver's license (CDL) and is being trained in a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission.

Yes. If an individual successfully completes the entry-level driver training required for the Class A CDL, they are eligible to take the skills test for the Class B CDL, as well as the Class A CDL.

FMCSA has also updated the SDLA FAQs document to include the following.

How does a State meet the regulatory requirement, as established by 49 CFR 383.73(p), to notify FMCSA that a training provider conducting training in their State does not meet applicable State requirements for CMV instruction?

While States are not required to actively investigate training providers, when a State does become aware that a training provider conducting training in their State does not meet applicable State requirements for CMV instruction, the State will notify FMCSA by sending an email to their FMCSA State Program Specialist


December 8, 2021

Does your training program meet the ELDT curricula requirements?

The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations establish the topics and information that must be covered in an entry-level driver training program. When registering in the Training Provider Registry, providers are self-certifying that they meet all ELDT requirements, including the requirements for training curricula outlined in 49 CFR part 380 appendices A through E.

To assist you in verifying that you meet these requirements, FMCSA has developed the following materials.

ELDT Curricula Summary

This guide summarizes all the training topics drivers must complete for each license or endorsement type covered by the ELDT regulations.

Download the ELDT Minimum Federal Curricula Requirements.

Training Provider Registry FAQs

FMCSA has posted a number of responses to frequently asked questions on various topics on the Training Provider Registry website. FAQs on curricula include questions about using materials provided by a third party, splitting behind-the-wheel and theory trainings between two providers, meeting State requirements, and more.

Read the frequently asked questions on curricula requirements.

Registration reminder

February 7, 2022 is fast approaching. Any entity that intends to provide entry-level driver training on or after this ELDT compliance date must register in the Training Provider Registry. Registration is now open.


November 5, 2021

Get Access Credentials for TPR Web Service

Training providers may choose to set up a direct connection to submit driver training certification information directly from their IT system to the Training Provider Registry via the TPR Web Service. This web service is optional—all registered training providers will be able to submit information using a future enhancement in the Training Provider Portal. This feature will be added by February 7, 2022.

Providers who plan to set up a direct web interface to the TPR Web Service must use certain access credentials. These credentials are now available to registered training providers.

To download your access credentials:

  1. Register on the Training Provider Registry, if you have not already done so. Download the Training Provider Registration Guide for instructions.
  2. Log in to your Training Provider Portal and go to the "Manage Access" tab.
  3. Click the Generate Credentials button. Follow the prompts to generate and save your credentials

Make sure to save these credentials and keep them protected as you would an account password. FMCSA will not retain your credentials in the TPR system. If you lose them, you will need to generate new credentials. Instructions on how to use these credentials are in the updated Web Services Development Handbook for Training Providers, which is available on the Developer's Toolkit page on the Training Provider Registry website.

Early Registration Is Open

Any company or organization that plans to provide training to entry-level drivers on or after February 7, 2022 will have to be registered with FMCSA. Early registration is open now. Learn more about training provider requirements and consider starting your registration today.

Register With FMCSA


March 19, 2021

The FMCSA recently held a webinar on March 4, 2021 for training providers to begin preparing for the upcoming ELDT updates. The webinar has been recorded and is available, along with powerpoint slides, to those who were unable to attend. Please access the webinar HERE and the powerpoint slides HERE. Additionally, FMCSA has also created materials to help training providers prepare for the upcoming ELDT changes. A checklist can be found HERE and a curricula summary can be found HERE. For more information, please visit the FMCSA website.


March 4, 2021

Please see the attached documents for the latest ELDT information.


January 25, 2021

Training Provider Registry (TPR) Web Service Testing is now Available from FMCSA for ELDT

Testing services are available by clicking on TPR Registry Developer's Toolkit
Complete instructions are included by clicking on Web Services Handbook
If you have any technical questions click on Contact Us

 

Rules

July 21, 2022

Good morning providers!

The Abbreviated Adult rules, found in Chapter 4501-8 of the Ohio Administrative Code, anticipated effective date is September 1, 2022. As we near this date, we will confirm the effective date.

Thank you for all you do!

 

Program Announcements

July 26, 2022

Governor DeWine Releases New Educational Tool to Prevent Distracted Driving by Teens

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) today released a new educational video for use by parents, teachers, and driver education instructors to help them explain the dangers of distracted driving to teens.

The light-hearted video is targeted toward youthful drivers and features a pair of young hosts answering the distracted driving questions that instructors get the most.

"This new educational video uses a light touch to engage young drivers on this incredibly serious topic," said Governor DeWine. "By using young drivers to deliver this message, we hope the important safety lessons stay with Ohio's teenagers every time they get behind the wheel."

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there have been more than 69,000 distracted driving crashes in Ohio since 2017, including 2,060 fatal and serious injury crashes. In 40 percent of these incidents, drivers were between the ages of 15-24.

“Reducing crashes on Ohio roadways is one of our top priorities,” said OTSO Director Felice Moretti. “With more distractions now than ever before, it’s important to teach our young drivers that the road demands your attention when you’re behind the wheel. This video demonstrates that point in a creative and engaging way.”

Ohio traffic laws include several penalties for driving distracted:

  • In Ohio, distracted driving is considered a primary offense for drivers under 18, which means that teens can be pulled over if a law enforcement officer sees them using their mobile device in any way.
  • Drivers who are cited for distracted driving face a fine of $150, and teen drivers face an additional 60-day license suspension.
  • An additional $100 fine can be levied for distracted driving if it occurs during the course of committing a moving violation. The additional fine can be waived if the offender attends a distracted driving education course.

The new distracted driving video will officially be unveiled tomorrow at the Ohio State Highway Patrol's booth at the Ohio State Fair. You can also watch the video on the Ohio Department of Safety's YouTube page.

The new video is another step in Governor DeWine's comprehensive plan to improve the safety of Ohio's roads. In 2019, he directed the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to put focus on improving the 150 most dangerous intersections in the state. To help address unintentional motor vehicle crashes, which are one of the leading causes of death for teenagers and young adults in Ohio, Governor DeWine also launched the "Ready, Test, Drive!" virtual driver assessment program to more accurately assess new drivers' road readiness and help identify skills needing improvement. In 2020, Governor DeWine formed the Ohio Traffic Safety Council to coordinate and monitor all statewide safety initiatives; launched a new work zone traffic enforcement plan in coordination with ODOT and the Ohio State Highway Patrol; and awarded grants to juvenile courts to help them give young drivers more access to advanced driver training.

Earlier this year, Governor DeWine also announced an increase in Ohio's yearly funding allocation for local bridge projects by $47.5 million for the next five years and announced an investment of $51 million into new traffic safety improvement projects to address an increase in pedestrian-involved traffic crashes and fatal roadway departures on state and local roads.

OTSO, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, focuses on a mission to save lives and reduce injuries on Ohio’s roads. Last year, OTSO awarded over $31 million in grants to be used for projects such as traffic safety education, enforcement, and engineering.


July 15, 2022

A message from the BMV:

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is excited to announce a new online option for taking the Operator Class-D Knowledge Test. Applicants can now complete a Knowledge Test at home and save multiple trips to the BMV! The Ohio BMV encourages our driver training school partners to share this new convenient service with their students.

Once an Applicant successfully completes their Online Knowledge Test, they will immediately be able to download a certificate of completion and will be provided instructions on the next steps to obtaining their Temporary Permit (the Applicant will receive the same information via email too!) During the initial implementation, the Online Operator Class-D Knowledge Test is offered at no cost, and will only be accessible via a computer or laptop device.

For additional questions or details, regarding the new online Operator Class-D Knowledge Test option please click here and review the section titled "Knowledge Test".

Be sure to also share BMV resources to ensure the online Knowledge Test is successfully completed:


April 29, 2022

CDL Schools:

Thank you for those who attended the CDL Open Forum. There was discussion on DETS not currently being able to accommodate the following:

  • Two new programs at the school level, Passenger and School Bus,
  • The new restricted type of CDL Instructor (Classroom only, Range only, or combination); and
  • Issuing certificates to students for the Passenger or School bus only programs.

We are going to be using a Plan B to accommodate the gaps.

Applications:
For the application process for instructors and schools adding the programs and modifying the restricted instructor type, the hard copy application process will be used along with the applicable cover letter.

  • Instructors use application DTO0115 Driver Training Instructor License Application with the applicable cover letter
  • Enterprises adding School Endorsements use application DTO0116 Driver Training Enterprise Application with the applicable cover letter

Certificates:
We will be using the archaic method for certificates issued to students who need Passenger or School Bus. Please use the attached order form and email it to our office at drivertraining.ohio.gov. Our office will mail out the certificate templates for your school to use.

These are temporary processes. Once DETS is updated, these processes will be electronic. We will be tracking and handling the changes outside the system in the meantime. When DETS is updated, we will make the changes within the system at that time. Thank you for your patience while we work through updating the system.

 

General Information

Schools who would like to teach virtual classes must be pre-approved by the Driver Training Program Office. You can submit a proposal to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. That proposal shall include the following information:

  1. The mandatory hours of instruction are provided;
  2. The curriculum, as set forth in the applicable rules, is covered entirely;
  3. Each student shall have access to materials used to supplement the content (i.e. videos, handouts, quizzes, power point presentations, etc.);
  4. The hours of video and media is covered, as per the applicable rules;
  5. Interaction between the student and instructor shall be readily available;
  6. The final exam shall be proctored and provided under the guidance of a licensed driver training instructor, as stated in the program's applicable rules;
  7. Instructor shall be able to supervise the students and ensure each student has attended the mandatory training;
  8. Attendance is documented as required by the rules.

The CDL vehicle inspection policy has some recent updates. The following, at a minimum, has been updated:

  • Added the DTO 0142 must be provided in duplicate during the vehicle inspections
  • Bolded the section regarding the Motor Vehicle Inspection list is part of the renewal
  • Added in Tracy Williams contact for scheduling range-only vehicles;
  • Clarified the decals to say CVSA decals are issued by the Highway Patrol
  • Added for schools to identify the number of vehicles needing inspected when scheduling with the Highway Patrol

Read the policy and maintain for reference. Please share the information with anyone affected.


Our office has recently become aware of a great resource from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. On their website is a crash statistic generator (OSTATS) that can really narrow down certain statistics by type of crash, day of the week, hour by hour, and within certain parts of the state. There is a comprehensive user guide that you can find HERE that nicely defines and outlines what you can and cannot do within the generator. Statistics are updated weekly so you can go in and get the most up-to-date information available for your area. There is also a helpline for those who need assistance or who are looking for information not contained in the generator. Happy researching!


CDL Update: Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) – Beginning February 7, 2022, a new federal law goes into effect requiring mandatory training. Individuals who apply for a first-time CDL, a CDL upgrade, or endorsement are required to attend training with an entity that is on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry (TPR). (FMCSA-2007-27748 and FMCSA-2017-0371) The required training is for a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, upgrade from Class B CDL to Class A CDL, Passenger endorsement, School Bus endorsement and Hazardous Materials endorsement. For more information about the ELDT, visit fmcsa.dot.gov.

Roundtable Meetings

The Driver Training Program Office will host virtual quarterly roundtable meetings for groups of driver training communities. Discussions will include updates from the office and other pre-disclosed topics affecting the group.

  • These meetings are open to everyone, however they are not counted as continuing education. To receive an invite, each attendee shall register no later than two weeks before the meeting date.
  • If there are topics of discussion any attendee would like to include, the topics need to be provided two weeks before the meeting date as the agenda will go out with the invites.

Upcoming Roundtables

  • None at this time.

Past Meeting Minutes